Useful Links

Where do I go for clinical or disease information?

  • Best Treatments
    Information is researched from the British Medical Journal and displayed in an easy to understand format.
  • Net Doctor
    Attempts to break the language barrier between Doctors and patients regarding disease and illnesses.
  • QRisk
    QRISK is a new calculator which works out your risk of getting heart disease. It has been developed by doctors and academics working in the UK National Health Service

Information on Healthier Living

  • BBC – Healthy Living
    Simple, accurate advice from the BBC. Helps you to establish the dos & donts of living healthily.
  • Male Health
    Fast, free independent information from the Men”s Health Forum.
  • Women’s Health Concern
    Women”s Health Concern is a charitable organisation which aims to help educate and support women with their healthcare by providing unbiased, accurate information.

NHS Sites

  • NHS Constitution
    The NHS Constitution was published on 21 January 2009. It was one of a number of recommendations in Lord Darzi’s report ‘High Quality Care for All’ which was published on the 60th anniversary of the NHS and set out a ten-year plan to provide the highest quality of care and service for patients in England
  • NHS Choices
    Aiming to personalise healthcare and provide information that will ‘allow patients to make meaningful choices about when and where to receive their treatment.’

Charity Websites

  • Cancerhelp
    Free information service provided by Cancer Research UK about cancer and cancer care for people with cancer and their families. Information is formatted in such a way that makes understanding the website an easy process
  • Cancer Backup
    Europe’s leading cancer information charity, with over 4,500 pages of up-to-date cancer information, practical advice and support for cancer patients, their families and carers.
  • Diabetes UK
    largest charity in the UK devoted to the care and treatment of people with diabetes in order to improve the quality of life for people with the condition
  • Asthma UK
    This website has been revamped to meet the needs of the thousands of people with asthma who visit the site each day, either to find important information about asthma and how to control it
  • Alzheimer’s Society
    Comprehensive information for people with all forms of dementia.
  • The Relate Macmillan Counselling Service
    This website offers free relationship counselling to anyone living with or affected by cancer. 

Other Websites

Tips on evaluating the reliability of online medical information

  1. Use sites from reputable organisations you have heard of.
  2. Double check the information by looking for other sources.
  3. Check there are contact details for any organisation or people responsible for the information not just an email address.
  4. Look at the advertising – does it seem to unduly influence the site content?
  5. All articles should quote references that you can look up.
  6. Watch out for claims about the superiority of any particular treatment over another
  7. Is this information supplied with a date to make sure it has not been superseded by other research.
  8. Check the sites confidentiality policy.
  9. Beware of sites claiming to be the definitive source.
  10. Beware of sites that criticise others.